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Could GPs be the solution to A&E pressures?

Last year, A&E departments across England dealt with over one million more patients compared to three years ago.

As a result the government has announced a £500m fund to help the hardest-hit areas. But will it be enough?

With a report into the future provision of emergency medicine due out soon, Inside Out's Jamie Coulson investigates possible solutions to the crisis and asks if local GPs could be the key to reducing A&E admissions?

In Great Yarmouth he meets a GP who spends half his time working at his local A&E to fill rota gaps in an area with the worst record for staff recruitment in England.

He says 60% of the A&E patients he treats could have seen him in his GP clinic.

Inside Out is broadcast on Monday, 16 September at 19:30 BST on BBC One and for seven days thereafter nationwide on the iPlayer.

  • 16 Sep 2013